Movies like The Namesake

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The Namesake (2006)
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The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, captivating, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic, poignant, affectionate ...
Plot: arranged marriage, childbirth, culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, family life, rebel, teenage life, family relations, parents and children, newlyweds, family problems, society, adolescence, generation gap, fish out of water, tragic event, acceptance, child birth, family tradition, loss of family member, relationships, bollywood, parenthood ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, india, taj mahal, ohio, kolkata

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, coming of age, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, culture clash and family problems mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Namesake: A River Runs Through It (1992), The Joy Luck Club (1993), In America (2002), The War (1994), Red Doors (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: montana, usa
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, hopes, golden years, women, parents and children, human nature, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
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100%
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In America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States, a chance to get over the lost son. They have no money and the apartment is in bad condition.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: aids, artist, loss of son, redemption, dying, starting over, childhood, society, family life, parents and children, acceptance, overcoming ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, ireland
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66%
 6.8
 12K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, society, family problems, understanding, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, single parent, youth, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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51%
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One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, society, babies and infants, single parent, youth, hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, parents and children, couple relations, social differences ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: seattle, washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sprawling drama centered on five key days in a family's life.
Style: semi serious, touching, emotional, clever, realistic ...
Plot: diary, family relations, marriage, parents and children, family life, family, couples, couple relations, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, marital problem, family feud ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1988, year 1993 ...
Place: france, europe
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50%
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Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Best Day of My Life (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Best Day of My Life is the story of a dysfunctional family as seen through the eyes of young Chiara (Maria Luisa De Crescenzo) who is about to receive her first communion. The family includes matriarch Irene (Virna Lisi) and her three grown up ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, love and romance, gay, youth, society, couples, family problems, religions or cults, marital discord, relationships, male female relationship, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her ...
Style: emotional, touching, disturbing, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, elderly lovers, youth, family life, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family problems, couples, love and romance, coming of age, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, cold war, family relations, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, on the run, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
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48%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family problems, family relations, secret society, human nature, haunted by the past, parents and children, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, murder, wedding, coming of age, marriage, death of wife, family, misfit, life is a bitch, couples, human nature ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, african american, teaching the ways of the world, social differences, friends, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, family problems, police detective, crimes, child abduction, mother son reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, love and romance, single parent, family relations, couple relations, looking for love, parents and children, getting home, unfulfillment, lifestyle, best friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: immigrants, lifestyle, rise to the top, human spirit, single parent, youth, teenage life, parents and children, family life, family problems, hopes, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, latin america, puerto rico, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, power relations, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Of Boys and Men (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, family in crisis, parents and children, youth, car accident, death of wife, grief, accidental death, love, society, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Jack (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jack, in full puberty, not only has to deal with his parents' divorce, but also feels his world is falling apart when his dad tells him he is living with a man. He slowly comes to terms with his own feelings when the girl he has a crush on turn ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, family relations, self discovery, teenage love, family life, parents and children, love and romance, single parent, crumbling marriage, gender, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, year 1982
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, family business, teenage life, follow your dream, workplace, society, hopes, human spirit, parents and children, family life, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, family problems, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: elderly, life is a bitch, protecting from truth, generation gap, human nature, loss of child, family problems, parents and children, society, dealing with death, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, usa, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, light, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, immigrants, romance, racism, love affair, opposites attract, fall in love, social differences, family relations, racial prejudice, family drama ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, africa, india, asia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, selfishness, couples, lawyer, marriage, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, haunted by the past, parents and children, family relations, eviction, liberal, holocaust survivor, religions or cults, mentally challenged, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, witty ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, world war two, youth, lifestyle, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 15K
Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The year is 1938, and Mahatma Gandhi's groundbreaking philosophies are sweeping across India, but 8-year-old Chuyia, newly widowed, must go to live with other outcast widows on an ashram. Her presence transforms the ashram as she befriends two ...
Style: touching, melancholic, bleak, controversial, intense ...
Plot: prostitute, hinduism, friendship, sin, bollywood, couple relations, family problems, youth, lifestyle, adolescence vs adulthood, couples, exile ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%